Military & Veterans

Esquire: Navy SEAL Who Killed bin Laden Lost Health Insurance After Leaving the Military

February 11, 2013

“But the Shooter will discover soon enough that when he leaves after sixteen years in the Navy, his body filled with scar tissue, arthritis, tendonitis, eye damage, and blown disks, here is what he gets from his employer and a grateful nation: Nothing. No pension, no health care, and no protection for himself or his family.”

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Man Who Killed Osama bin Laden Gives First Interview to Esquire Magazine

February 11, 2013

“The Shooter doesn’t care about that. “I’m not religious, but I always felt I was put on the earth to do something specific. After that mission, I knew what it was.”"

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Defense Secretary Panetta: U.S. Government Still Working Towards Unified Health Record For Soldiers and Veterans

February 8, 2013

“Health records of military personnel are not automatically transferred to the VA once those personnel leave active duty and enter the VA healthcare system.”

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United Kingdom Exit Strategy Plans: Over 40% of Britain’s Military Equipment Will Remain in Afghanistan

February 8, 2013

“The plans – which are still to be finalized – have raised fears high-tech material could end up in the hands of the Taliban.”

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Defense Secretary Panetta: End Budget Uncertainty, The U.S. Needs An “Agile And Ready” Force

February 7, 2013

“But in order to be able to effectively protect the American people and our interests abroad at a time of instability we must have an agile and ready force, and above all, we must end the cloud of budget uncertainty that is hanging over the Department and the entire U.S. government.”

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Testifying to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Defense Secretary Panetta Outlined the Administration’s Response to Benghazi

February 7, 2013

“Soon after the initial reports about the attack on Benghazi, General Dempsey and I met with President Obama and he ordered all available DoD assets to respond to the attack in Libya and to protect U.S. personnel and interests in the region.”

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NATO Helicopter Crashes in Eastern Afghanistan; No Fatalities

February 7, 2013

“Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid claimed the helicopter was shot down by the group’s fighters in the Tagab district of Kapisa province.”

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The United States And South Korea Conduct Joint Military Exercises Near PyeongChang, South Korea

February 7, 2013

“It is the first time that the Marine Corps of the allies have held the joint winter drills in the nation.”

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New York University Medical Study Searching For Biomarkers of PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

February 7, 2013

“It means that for a soldier who, five years after duty in Iraq, still feels “not right,” with symptoms from headaches to sleeping problems to irritability, doctors can only guess at the cause.”

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Defense Secretary Panetta Warns Budget Cuts Would Negatively Impact Military Readiness

February 7, 2013

“For the Pentagon, sequestration would mean almost $500 billion in cuts over 10 years. For 2013 alone, some $46 billion in reduced spending would result in “a serious disruption in defense programs and a sharp decline in our military readiness,” Panetta said.”

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U.S. Military Won’t Deploy Aircraft Carrier USS Harry Truman to the Persian Gulf, Citing Possible Sequestration Spending Cuts

February 7, 2013

“The aircraft carrier was scheduled to depart Norfolk, Va. on Friday for the Persian Gulf. That means there will be only one carrier in the Gulf. For the past several years, the Pentagon has tried to maintain an overlap of two carriers because of regional tensions.”

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U.S. Military Outlines Budget Sequestration Cut Reductions

February 6, 2013

“The Army says the same forced cuts mean they will have to cut funding for counter-IED efforts, intelligence and surveillance aircraft and new soldier equipment.”

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Defense Secretary Panetta Will Recommend Decreasing Military Pay Raises in 2014

February 6, 2013

“Three Pentagon officials have confirmed details of the plan to CNN. The Joint Chiefs of Staff have also agreed to Panetta’s proposed pay plan. Final approval for the pay would come from Congress in the form of the 2014 budget.”

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Pentagon Decides to Extend Some Benefits to Same-Sex Spouses

February 5, 2013

“Officials at the Pentagon would not say which new benefits the department has determined it can extend to same-sex couples without violating the Defense of Marriage Act.”

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United States and South Korea Conduct Joint Military Exercises

February 4, 2013

“The region has also seen a boost in diplomatic activity since last month, when North Korea announced it would conduct a nuclear test to protest U.N. Security Council sanctions toughened after a satellite launch in December that the U.S. and others say was a disguised test of banned missile technology.”

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